Octavio M. Salati

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Octavio Salati
Born(1914-12-12)December 12, 1914
DiedJanuary 28, 2001(2001-01-28) (aged 86)
Other namesTav Salati
Occupation(s)Engineer, academic and educator
Known forBNC connector development

Octavio M. "Tav" Salati (December 12, 1914 – January 28, 2001) was an American engineer, academic and educator. He served as Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of Electromagnetic Compatibility.

Background and personal life[edit]

Salati was born to Armando Salati and Julia LaFazia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tav married Marie Pattani (1919–2010) and they had three children.[1]


Tav Salati received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. Following graduation, he was employed by Philco Radio and Television Company, Radio Corporation of America, C.G. Conn Ltd., and Hazeltine Corporation. Tav returned to the Moore School of Electrical Engineering as a research associate in 1948, received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, and became professor of electrical engineering in 1975. Dr. Salati was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1975, and he retired from Penn in 1984.[2]

Role in BNC connector development[edit]

While working at Hazeltine Corporation, Dr. Salati was awarded United States patent #2,540,012 which was the basis for what is now commonly known as the BNC connector.[2] The patent for Electrical Connector was filed May 19, 1945, and issued January 30, 1951.[3] BNC is an acronym for Bayonet Neill–Concelman.[4] The BNC connector is still in common use for coaxial cables that carry high frequency currents between pieces of electronics and communications equipment.[5] Canadian patent #487446 was also awarded to Dr. Salati for this invention on October 21, 1952.[6]


The Applicability of Signal Density Studies in Interference Prediction, University of Pennsylvania, 1963[7]

Electromagnetic Compatibility, University of Pennsylvania, 1965[8]

Compatibility Studies, Defense Technical Information Center, 1968[9]

Grounding Principles for NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Defense Technical Information Center, 1974[10]

Modern Microwave Measurements, University of Pennsylvania, 1982[11]

Other patents[edit]

Important Quantity Selecting Circuit, U.S. patent #2,666,152, January 12, 1954[12]

Voltage Level Indicator, U.S. patent #2,706,257, April 12, 1955[13]

Relay Selecting Circuit, U.S. patent #2,712,101, June 28, 1955[14]

Assignment Cancelling Circuit, U.S. patent #2,716,206, August 23, 1955[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Findagrave memorial for Octavio M. Salati
  2. ^ a b University of Pennsylvania article for Octavio Salati
  3. ^ Electrical Connector, United States patent #2,540,012
  4. ^ HAZELTINE RESEARCH, INC. v. DAGE ELECTRIC CO., INC., 165 F.Supp. 226 (S.D. Ind. 1958) ("The accused devices UG 88/U and UG 89/U are based upon a prototype developed by the Bell Telephone Laboratories and are part of a group generally known as the type BNC, which stand for Bayonett Neil [sic] Conseillman because they were originally designed as a small connector by Paul Neil [sic] of the Bell Telephone Laboratories and because they approached more closely a constant impedance device when used with 50 ohm cable at higher frequencies than the prior type BN connector.").
  5. ^ Tech-FAQ, BNC connector article
  6. ^ Electrical Connector. Canadian patent #487446
  7. ^ The Applicability of Signal Density Studies in Interference Prediction, DTIC abstract
  8. ^ Electromagnetic Compatibility, University of Pennsylvania
  9. ^ Compatibility Studies, DTIC abstract
  10. ^ Grounding Principles for NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex, DTIC abstract
  11. ^ Modern Microwave Measurements, University of Pennsylvania
  12. ^ United States patent #2,666,152
  13. ^ United States patent #2,706,257
  14. ^ United States patent #2,712,101
  15. ^ United States patent #2,716,206

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